Thursday, February 26, 2015

Simple and Healthy Dr. Seuss Lunch

Dr. Seuss and his books are much loved in our home.  We've made it a family tradition to celebrate his birthday on March 2nd each year.  I find celebrating Dr. Seuss is a fun and magical part of childhood.  My kids won't be little forever and this is a simple way to make it memorable. (To see how we've celebrated in years past click here.)
This year I came up with a simple lunch to surprise my kids with in their school lunch boxes on Monday.

To make these Cat in the Hat string cheeses I simply used a black and red sharpie marker and drew right on the plastic wrapper.

For these "hop on pop-corn" bags I put together this little printable and printed them off onto wax paper bags that I have left over from another project.  (Find printable image at end of post.)

 This cutie Lorax came together quickly with two googly eyes and a felt mustache. 

I can't wait to pack my kids lunch on Monday.  I hope they get as much of a kick out of their Dr. Seuss lunch as I had making it.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Kid Approved Coconut Lime Gummies

Homemade fruit snacks, or gummies as we like to call them at our house, are a very popular treat.  I've experimented with quite a few recipes over the years but the lemon ones have been a consistent favorite.  That is until we tried these coconut lime gummies. They were a hit with everyone in our home.  Even my pickiest eater loved them.  I love their unique flavor.  Mildly sweet and a little bit tangy. They have just the right subtle combination that we just can't get enough of.

To continue reading and get the recipe visit my food blog Nourishing Bites.

Monday, February 2, 2015

A-MAZE-ING Valentines! (Printable Included)

I have so much fun helping my school aged kids come up with fun valentines to share with their classmates each year.  The challenge I like to give myself (weather it be Valentine's, Halloween, Christmas, or any holiday) is to come up with something that's doesn't involve candy.  I spied this idea over at Pinching Your Pennies and I loved it so much that I decided to create something similar.  What I love most about this valentine is that it isn't mushy.  I mean what third grader wants to tell each of their classmates that they love them?  Telling them they are amazing though is something everyone loves to hear!

I picked up these heart mazes at Michael's. They were on sale making a bag of 18 under $2.  I love that there is blue and red so the boys don't get stuck with a girly color.

It only took a few minutes to make up this quick printable.  We printed them out in several different colors for variety.

It didn't take long to cut them out and fill in the "To" and "From".

We then packaged them in cute little baggies to keep them contained--and because everything is more fun when it comes in a cute little baggie!

Want to make your own?  Feel free to use my simple printable below.  Simply click on image to enlarge, right click, copy, paste into a word document and adjust sizing.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Gifts Kids Can Make: Samples of Why We Love You!

The Christmas season is long gone but I wanted to share one more gift idea that kids can make.  It's so much fun to see the joy on my children's faces as they make gifts and get so excited to give them away.  When someone asked my six year old what he was most excited about for Christmas last month I'm sure you can imagine how trilled I was when I heard him say, "Giving gifts!"  Yeah!  My kids are getting it!

My children worked together to make this fun little book for their grandparents (inspired by this post) but it could make a great gift for just about anyone.  These would be perfect for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Grandparents Day (celebrated on the the first Sunday after Labor Day annually), to cheer up a friend, or just for no reason at all.

First we gathered up some old paint samples.  I thought these ones were really fun with the little square cut-out at the bottom.

We made a cover for our book by printing "Just a few samples of why we love our Grandma and Grandpa!" and then cut it out to match the size of our paint samples.  We also cut out a little square at the bottom like in the paint samples.  The back page was blank except for a heart sticker that we placed where the square cut-out would be.

Stacked all together it looked like this.  I love how the little heart pops through all the pages.

We then punched a hole in the upper corner of each page and tied it together with some ribbon.  My kids had fun filling out a page or two about why they love their grandparents.  We made sure to use my Slick Writers so their words and pictures wouldn't smear.  Everyone had so much fun working on it together.  I think it made a sweet gift.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Reviewing 2014

We're still at it!  Fall 2014 marked our six year anniversary at Serving Pink Lemonade!  Even with the busyness of our growing families (Jeanine and I both added baby girls to our families last year) we still find the time to share our crafty ideas here because we love it so much.  Below is a combination of our favorite/most popular posts of 2014.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Teacher Card

Looking for a creative card for you kids to tack along with a teacher gift?

My son liked the card that he made last year for his teacher so much that he decided to do the same thing again for his teacher this year.  We changed it up a little this time though.

See the original post here.  Find the free printable tag here.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Gifts Kids Can Make: Super Hero Magnets

Like many little boys, my boys love super heroes!  Batman has been especially popular at our house since the Lego Movie came out.  My son even had a super hero themed birthday party a few years ago. When I saw these free printable super hero stickers at Great Kids Birthday Parties I immediately pinned them.  I knew they would come in handy for something fun sometime . . . I just didn't know what yet.

As I was helping my kids come up with ideas for gifts they could make their siblings this year for Christmas I remembered these super hero stickers and realized they would be perfect for making some fun homemade magnets.

To make the magnets we printed off the stickers we wanted (I had to shrink them down a bit to fit our stones) and cut them out.  We then used a thin layer of modge podge to glue the super hero images to the glass stones (like I did here).  I've stocked up on glass stones from SSC Supplies.  I love the size and uniformity of their stones.  They come in handy for so many things that I like to always have a few around.  Last year I used them to make these pendant necklaces.
We then added a magnet to the back of the stones using some hot glue and they were ready to wrap and put under the tree.  I love how they turned out!  I'm kind of tempted to make a few more . . . 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Service Manger

Note: This post was originally published back in 2010.  I've had several requests for a template to the manger.  I have created a template and decided to re-post this idea to allow more of our readers access to it.

This simple idea makes an inexpensive and meaningful gift to give to children in a Sunday school class or church setting.  It would also be a fun project to make and work together on as a family.  We have used this little homemade manger for years and really enjoyed the spirit of service that it created in our home.  This year we decided to finally upgrade to a nicer (sturdier) version that I came across on etsy.  You can find it here.

Be sure to check out this fun little story called Straw for the Manger to go along with your service manger too.  Find it HERE.

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Are you looking for ways to help your children remember the true meaning of Christmas this time of year?
This service manger is a fun and easy way to do just that!

This little manger started out empty, but each time someone in our family does a good deed or act of service they get to add a straw to the manger to make it soft in time for the baby Jesus to arrive for Christmas.

Want to make your own?  These simple mangers can be put together in minutes!

First I found some sturdy card stock (or thin cardboard will do also) and drew these images on it.

I then cut them out and pieced them together. See. Easy project. I didn't even use glue. Just fold your rectangle piece in half, cut the slits and insert the legs of the manger.

Find some straw (or raffia, or even paper shreds) and let your kids add them to the manger good deed by good deed.

Now for the baby Jesus.
I picked up these wooden pieces at Hobby Lobby for under $2 the other day. Perfect for our baby.

I then found some white scraps of flannel for a blanket and a sharpie to draw on the face.

Here's the baby all wrapped up and cozy.

I can't tell you how much my children have loved filling this manger with straw. It's been fun to see them being so helpful and offering to do all kinds of wonderful things around the house.

Just perfect for helping to remember the true meaning of Christmas.

(To print templateClick on picture below to enlarge, then right click and copy.  Open a word document, reduce your margins to zero and paste.  Expand to 100% and print.)

Merry Christmas!